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Florida State Football Practice Report For Aug. 5th

Aug. 5, 2002

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The Florida State Seminoles fought off afternoon showers as they continued their two-a-day sessions. Monday morning started out with a 24-period workout and the team concluded the day with an 18-period evening session. The morning session primarily consisted of fundamental drills and special team assignments although the evening practice saw a little more action. FSU is preparing for its’ earliest season opener in school history.

“We had pretty good practices out there today,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We had the heat back out there today, but the kids handled it well.”

The wide receivers looked extremely impressive in the second practice of the day. A dropped pass was a rare sight out there this evening. Chris Rix went 19-for-23 in the skeleton drills connecting several times with P.K. Sam and Talman Gardner on deep pass plays. Dominic Robinson, who recently moved to the offensive side of the ball continued to look good at the wide receiver position with several nice receptions under pressure.

“Dominic made the best catch out there that I saw this morning,” said Bowden. “He’s a natural out there and he catches the ball so well with soft hands.”

JUCO All-American wide receiver Chauncey Stovall finally got to see his first action of the preseason as he was finally cleared to practice. He wasted no time in showing his playmaking ability with catches that included a deep pass reception from Rix.

Not to be outdone the defensive secondary also showed signs of improvement. Malcolm Tatum had a leaping pass deflection and B.J. Ward recorded two interceptions on the afternoon.

The coaching staff announced Monday evening that former quarterback Matt Henshaw will be moving to the tight end position.

“He (Henshaw) came to us and asked to be moved,” said Bowden. “I think it will be a good move and we need some extra hands out there. He has good hands and I think he will be fine there.”

In other news, the team voted Ray Willis (offense) and Eric Powell (defense) as the team’s most dedicated players during summer workouts.

The team will continue its’ two-a-day practices again on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. and finish with an evening session. Florida State opens the 2002 season on August 24th against Iowa State in the Eddie Robinson Classic.

Injury Report: Willie Jones – right ankle sprain, B.J. Ward – right shoulder sprain and Brett Williams – right shoulder AC contusion

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